The importance of grammar and punctuation.
Grammar is concerned with the way in which sentences are used in spoken language, in reading and in writing. Sentences are the construct which help give words their sense. The purpose of grammar teaching is to enable pupils to become conscious of patterns of language which they can apply in their own work to enhance meaning.
The purpose of punctuation is to clarify the meaning of texts. Readers use punctuation to help make sense of written texts while writers use punctuation to help communicate intended meaning to the reader.
Teaching and Learning
To teach pupils about grammar and punctuation, the emphasis is on the close consideration of examples of language in use, including pupils’ own writing and on the exploration of language as a system. The aim is to develop pupils’ curiosity about language and their capacity to observe and reflect which will in turn enable them to develop more control and choice in their use of language.